Belgium 3-2 England: Alex Greenwood's horror head injury overshadows Lionesses' defeat which leaves Olympic hopes hanging in the balance

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  • A disappointing conclusion for England was compounded by nan worrying injury
  • The Manchester City defender was progressive successful a collision during nan first half
  • Greenwood was confirmed arsenic being 'alright' and capable to walk, by Weigman

By Kathryn Batte For The Daily Mail

Published: 16:14 EDT, 31 October 2023 | Updated: 19:41 EDT, 31 October 2023

England suffered their worst conclusion of Sarina Wiegman's reign arsenic a nightmare evening was compounded by a superior caput wounded to Alex Greenwood.

The Lionesses hopes of topping their Nations League group and qualifying for nan Olympics is now retired of their hands, but nan 13-minute stoppage for Greenwood, who was taken disconnected connected a stretcher, was of adjacent concern.

The Lionesses chair looked instantly worried erstwhile Greenwood went down successful nan 19th infinitesimal pursuing a collision pinch Jassina Blom. Six paramedics and 4 members of England's medial squad attended to nan defender, who was fixed oxygen.


Greenwood was placed successful a cervix brace arsenic she went disconnected but was seen squeezing nan manus of team-mate Millie Bright arsenic she near nan pitch. UEFA's rules do not let for concussion substitutes, which beryllium successful nan Women's Super League, pinch England leader Sarina Wiegman calling for 'consistency'.

Greenwood, 1 of nan stars of England's World Cup campaign, was conscious and stepping by full-time but was heavy missed successful defence arsenic her team-mates capitualted connected a miserable nighttime successful Leuven.

A disappointing nonaccomplishment for England was compounded by nan worrying wounded of Alex Greenwood 

Greenwood went down successful nan 19th infinitesimal pursuing a collision pinch Jassina Blom

Greenwood was attended to by aesculapian unit connected nan transportation for astir 13 minutes

While it was a worrying scene, a consequent station from nan Lionesses' charismatic X relationship said Greenwood was 'conscious and talking, and... being monitored by our aesculapian staff.'

And Wiegman said of nan Manchester City player: 'I haven't talked to nan aesculapian unit yet... She's alright - erstwhile she's walking, she's alright.'

'Of people we're very disappointed, disappointment too. I deliberation this was unnecessary,' Wiegman added erstwhile reflecting connected nan crippled itself.

'We were excessively sloppy. We were successful possession truthful overmuch much than they were, and we did create truthful galore chances, but we are struggling to get nan shot successful nan net.

'We person activity to do.'

Belgium had taken an improbable lead 8 minutes earlier Greenwood's withdrawal erstwhile Laura De Neve's free-kick deceived England's five-player wall and goalkeeper Mary Earps to extremity up successful nan bottommost correct corner.

England were level soon aft Greenwood near nan pitch, arsenic Chloe Kelly's free-kick picked retired Lucy Bronze, who sent a header into nan apical correct corner.

The Lionesses past took nan lead done a well-worked squad goal. Keira Walsh played successful Lauren Hemp down nan left. She trim nan shot backmost to Fran Kirby, who placed a calm decorativeness into nan bottommost correct corner.

A uncommon agleam statement connected nan evening was Fran Kirby's extremity connected her return to nan squad aft injury

The triumph sees Belgium leapfrog England into 2nd spot of nan Nations League group  

Sarina Wiegman admitted that her squad were sloppy successful possession arsenic fell to defeat 

But England were nan constructs of their ain downfall arsenic they talented Belgium an equaliser successful added time. Justine Vanhaevermaet pounced connected Georgia Stanway's loose walk to play successful Tessa Wullaert, who vanished smartly past Earps.

England controlled possession but struggled to break down a resolute Belgian defence and needed a large prevention from Earps to contradict Wullaert connected nan hr mark.

But Earps could do thing to forestall Wullaert scoring nan victor from nan punishment spot successful nan 85th infinitesimal aft Stanway had been penalised for handball.

The consequence intends England's destiny is retired of their hands. They will request to hit nan Netherlands and Scotland successful December and dream Belgium driblet points successful their remaining fixtures. 

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